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Visiting Grad Student Program (VGSP)

Competitive travel grants of $1000 support graduate students to visit our facilities with their cores.

LacCore and the CSDCO invite applications to a competitive award program for graduate students working with core samples from continental localities, including lakes. These $1000 grants can be used to support student travel to Minneapolis, core shipment, lodging while at the facility, and supplies consumed in initial core description (ICD). Funds supplement the low-cost instrument access, staff support, and training offered to all visitors. Six grants are available in 2019; these will be distributed between lacustrine and non-lacustrine projects as appropriate to the applications received.

To apply: send (1) a two-page description of the project, including a statement of how working at LacCore would forward the project goals, and (2) a letter of support from the graduate advisor, to Dr. Sheri Fritz [sfritz2@UNL.edu]), by 5 PM Central Standard Time on Friday, March 29, 2019. Applications will be evaluated by Dr. Fritz and the other members of the LacCore External Advisory Group (EAG), along with members of the newly-formed CSDCO governance committees. Award notifications will be made by May 15, 2019.

Students may bring new or previously-collected cores to the Facility. Visits should occur before March 2020, and will involve an approximately one-week stay during which the student will work closely with LacCore staff and be trained in ICD and other techniques, using the student's cores. Awardees are also required to present an informal seminar about their research during the visit.

Applicants are encouraged to contact LacCore/CSDCO Scientific Staff (Kristina Brady Shannon [brad0311@umn.edu], Amy Myrbo [amyrbo@umn.edu], Anders Noren [noren021@umn.edu], Mark Shapley [shap0029@umn.edu]; all can be reached at 612-626-7889) to discuss the scope and aims of their proposed work while preparing their applications. LacCore/CSDCO staff are not involved in the collection of proposals nor in the selection of successful applicants.

The primary criteria for selection are the quality of the proposed science and the degree to which the project would take advantage of, and benefit from, use of the LacCore/CSDCO facilities. Candidates in the earlier stages of their graduate programs, those lacking ICD instrumentation and expertise at their home institutions, and those who have not previously visited LacCore will be given priority. Students from the University of Minnesota are not eligible.

Funds for the LacCore Visiting Graduate Student Program are partially supported by the National Science Foundation - Instrumentation and Facilities Program as part of CSDCO operational funding (1338322).

Recipients of the 2019 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Edward Duarte,  Missouri University of Science and Technology (Jonathan Obrist, advisor)
  • Meredith Emery, Florida Institute of Technology (Evelyn Gaiser, advisor)
  • Victor Merino , Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Macela Tonello, advisor)
  • Erdoo Mongol, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, advisor)
  • Meghan Spoth,  University of Maine (Brenda Hall, advisor)
  • Karen Wang, Brown University (Yongsong Huang, advisor)

Recipients of the 2018 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Jeremiah Bernau, University of Utah (Brenda Bowen, advisor)
  • Elizabeth Klonowski, SUNY Binghamton (Tim Lowenstein, advisor)
  • Morgan Black, University of Kentucky (Mike McGlue, advisor)
  • Kelsey Doiron, Indiana University (Arndt Shimmelmann, advisor)
  • Rebecca Friedel, University of Texas-San Antonio (Jason Yaeger, advisor)

Recipients of the 2017 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Ellie Broadman, Northern Arizona University
  • Tess Clinkingbeard, University of Washington
  • Kristiana Lapo, Western Washington University
  • Alia Lesnek, SUNY Buffalo
  • Mario Williams, University of Maine
  • Allie Wyman, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Recipients of the 2016 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Will Cray, Western Washington University
  • Mitchell Dziekan, University of Toledo
  • Jennica Grady, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Jeannie Larmon, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Recipients of the 2015 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Kevin Barrett, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sabrina Brown, Indiana State University
  • Dulcinea Groff, University of Maine
  • Tyler Hoecker, University of Idaho
  • Edward Lo, University of Kentucky
  • Soo Hyun Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recipients of the 2014 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Katherine Glover, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Melinda Higley, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • S.Nemiah Ladd, University of Washington
  • Avriel Schweinsberg, SUNY Buffalo
  • Hal Wershow, Western Washington University

Recipients of the 2013 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Elizabeth Ceperley, SUNY Buffalo
  • Erin Martin-Jones, Aberystwyth
  • Kristin Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Paul Zander, Northern Arizona University

No Awards were made in 2012 due to lack of funding

Recipients of the 2011 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Sam Beal, Darthmouth College
  • Sam Muñoz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Xuewei Zhang, Syracuse University

Recipients of the 2010 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Catherine Beck, Rutgers University
  • Benjamin Gaglioti, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
  • Mark Grosvenor, University of Exeter
  • Jennifer Kusler, University of Oregon
  • Katie Trifone, Alaska Pacific University

Recipients of the 2009 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Willie Guerra, Cornell University
  • Barb Hanes, University of Toledo
  • Virginia Iglesias, Montana State University

Recipients of the 2008 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards:

  • Joanne Ballard, University of Cincinnati
  • Marc Parisien, University of California - Berkeley
  • Benjamin Schupack, University of Colorado - Boulder